Track Of The Day: Moor Mother – ‘Shekere’ (feat. lojii)

Having released her debut album Fetish Bones back in 2016, musician-poet-artist-workshop facilitator Camae Ayewa – aka Moor Mother – has since been wowing fans with 2017’s The Motionless Present and 2020’s innovative project with Swedish musician Olof Melander, Anthologia, which raised money for disability justice. Now, following much critical acclaim, she has announced her upcoming new album – Black Encyclopedia Of The Air – an exploratory reflection on modern life, recorded last year, once again with Melander.

Taken from the album, latest single ‘Shekere‘ features Philadelphia rapper lojii and is propelled by a stripped-back, jazz-infused musicality as it oozes a swirling, stirring allure and immersive, soulful drive. As its poetically poignant lyricism is set against the captivating flow of the instrumentation – soaring strings providing the backdrop for the hypnotic vocal refrain of “Shekere” – a truly bewitching haze is created. With this latest offering, Moor Mother offers an exquisitely enthralling, and undeniably necessary, battle-cry: a compelling taste of what’s to come from the album.


Black Encyclopedia Of The Air, the upcoming album from Moor Mother, is set for release on 17th September via ANTI-.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Bob Sweeney

WATCH: Jules (feat. The Golden Phoenix) – ‘We Never Run’

Described as an anthem to encourage women to celebrate themselves and others, Jules’ ‘We Never Run’, featuring The Golden Phoenix, is an empowering and timely gift this week as we celebrate International Women’s Day. 

Swirling synth and a crisp drum track begin the tune with an infatuating energy, embodying a best friend grabbing your hand and pulling you out to the dance floor. The disposition of the mix is undeniably fun from the moment it begins, and ever more so with its accompanying music video that is both heartwarming and empowering. 

Self-love and confidence exist so strongly in the essence of Jules’ vocals, and her genuine spirit is felt by anyone listening. The track feels like both a reflective moment for Jules, as well as a token on how to move forward with resilience. Jules and The Golden Phoenix have made a moment to celebrate our accomplishments and pat ourselves on the back for a moment, something that is hard to allow ourselves at times. ‘We Never Run’ and its victorious message are proof that indeed we are stronger together, more resilient together, and even more beautiful as a whole than as individuals navigating this world alone.

 

Released ahead of Jules’ upcoming EP, Identity: WHO AM I, We Never Run’ is out now

Jill Goyeau
@jillybxxn

PREMIERE: The Silk Collective – ‘Wanderer’

Fronted by vocalist and songwriter Aimee Warren, London based The Silk Collective have now shared a dreamy debut offering.

Propelled by Warren’s rich, soulful vocals and a twinkling musicality, ‘Wanderer’ oozes a captivating ethereal splendour. As majestic, swirling layers of sound create a soothing groove, it’s reminiscent of the R’n’B tinged alt-pop of Lianne La Havas, with an added lilting folk-strewn musicality. Of the track, Warren explains that it’s a “a tender yet bold commentary on the cyclical nature of self-discovery, loss and healing…”

Listen to ‘Wanderer’ for the first time, along with B-side ‘Solo/Magnificent’ here:

Mari Lane
@marimindles